Technical Assistance


Dan Bronfman

Using Bedrock & Targeted Tools to Facilitate Housing Development
Thursday May 23 1:15 - 2:15 PM

Managing Director
Pacific Western Bank

Dan Bronfman is a Managing Director with Pacific Western Bank. Dan joined the bank in 2017 and focuses on delivering tax-exempt lending products to nonprofit organizations and businesses involved in manufacturing, recycling and value-added processing activities. He has over 30 years of experience in banking, investment banking, financial management and consulting. He has facilitated the issuance of over $1.5 billion in conduit financings, with transactions ranging in size from $2.0 million to over $40.0 million.

Dan was President and founder of Growth Capital Associates, Inc., an advisory firm specializing in serving nonprofit organizations and other types of conduit borrowers. Prior to founding Growth Capital, he was Director of Finance for Gruma Corporation, parent of the leading tortilla maker Mission Foods, and served as a vice president with Union Bank.

Bronfman is a Series 50 Municipal Advisor registered with the SEC and MSRB. He received an MBA in finance from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in economics from Sonoma State University. He is Trustee Emeritus of the California State University Board of Trustees.

Meghen Brown

Investing in Housing with Tax Credits
Wednesday May 22 2:15 - 5:00 PM

Tax Credit Officer
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Meghen Brown is a Tax Credit Officer at CHFA. She has been working in the affordable housing industry since 2004 and has worked at a CDFI, local government and state government prior to CHFA. Meghen holds an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University.

ShaDonte Butler

Federal Programs for Housing Finance
Thursday May 23 12:15 - 1:15 PM

Community Investment Business Development Manager
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

As Business Development Manager, ShaDonte Butler focuses on cultivating and expanding the Bank’s customer relationships and driving new business to the Bank through its Community Investment Products.

Prior to joining the Bank in May of 2009 as Business and Relationship Development Manager, Ms. Butler worked in a variety of roles within Fannie Mae’s Single Family Mortgage Division. Her most recent position was Sales Support Manager in which she developed operational efficiencies to increase new customer acquisition and developed effective sales techniques and procedures to successfully position Fannie Mae’s product and technology offerings.

Ms. Butler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics (summa cum laude) from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, a Master of Business Administration specializing in Finance from Clark Atlanta University, and a Master of Science in Building Construction/ Residential Development from Georgia Tech. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

James Carras

Welcome & Overview
Wednesday May 22 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Introduction to Housing Finance
Wednesday May 22 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Revisiting Day 1
Thursday May 23 12:00 - 12:15 PM

Federal Programs for Housing Finance
Thursday May 23 12:15 - 1:15 PM

Local and State Financing Programs
Thursday May 23 2:15 - 3:45 PM

Housing Project Marketplace
Thursday May 23 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Carras Community Investment, Inc.

James Carras is a member of the faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design as well as Tufts University’s Department of Urban Policy and Planning. He has been consulting with mission-driven organizations and government agencies as well as financial institutions and developers for the past 30 years. James and his consulting firm, Carras Community Investment, Inc., has facilitated the creation and capitalizationof over fifty community development corporations (CDCs), development financial institutions (CDFIs) and public private partnership initiatives. He is the author of numerous affordable housing and equity studies and revitalization plans and has served as the Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, the Founding President of the Broward Housing Partnership and the South Florida Community Land Trust. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he served as a Community Development Advisor to the Mayor of Boston and was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group where he was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship. Mr. Carras is recognized as a national development finance expert with a particular focus on New Markets Tax Credits, Opportunity Zones, the Community Development Financial Institution Fund and the Community Reinvestment Act.

Mr. Carras was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Sociology from Suffolk University in Boston, completed graduate work at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and received a Master’s Degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Public Administration. He is certified by the National Development Council (NDC) as an Economic Development Finance Professional and completed NDC”s Rental Housing Finance course. He is also certified as a Leadership Facilitator by the Lincoln Land Institute.

Mr. Carras has published various articles and publications including ones focusing on New Markets Tax Credits for the American Planners Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Community Reinvestment Act for the American Planners Association, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, National League of Cities and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Affordable Housing Loan Consortia for the National Association for Affordable Housing Lenders.

He served as Chair for the Broward Housing Council and the Broward County Minority Economic Development Board and also as Vice Chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Economic Development Advisory Board. He served as Vice Chairman of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors, and is currently a Coordinator the South Florida Harvard Kennedy School Network Coordinating Committee, and Vice Chair for the Broward Schools Committee for Harvard College. Mr. Carras has also served on the Board of Directors for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, the Broward Alliance for Neighborhood Development, Haymarket Bank and advisory boards for the United Way of Broward County, Neighborhood Lending Partners and Paradise Bank. For eight years, he served as the Chairman for the Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival as well as the President of the Himmarshee Village Association. 

Matthew Haas

Investing in Housing with Tax Credits
Wednesday May 22 2:15 - 5:00 PM

Vice President

Matthew Haas manages investor relations in the western U.S. and brings more than 25 years of affordable housing and community development experience to his role.
He previously worked at Merritt Community Capital Corporation where he most recently served as Director of Investor Relations and Fund Management for the past eight years, where he raised almost $500 million in equity for affordable housing funds. Prior to that, Matthew was Deputy Director of California Lending for the Low-Income Investment Fund. His experience also includes senior positions at Fannie Mae, Bank of America, the National Equity Fund, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, St Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation and NYC Dept of HPD.
Matthew holds a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bennett Hilley

Federal Programs for Housing Finance
Thursday May 23 12:15 - 1:15 PM

Deputy Director, Office of Recapitalization
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Bennett Hilley serves as the Assistant Director for Credit Review for HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program where she oversees the origination of new loan guarantees as well as the credit review for the program’s existing loan portfolio. Prior to this role, she managed federal oversight of New York City’s $4.2 billion HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant for long-term recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Bennett is also involved at the neighborhood level in Washington, D.C., serving as an elected representative on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C, located in the northwest area of the District.
Bennett first joined the Department in August 2011 as a Presidential Management Fellow, working primarily with the CDBG Entitlement Program. Her fellowship included rotations at the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund at Treasury as well as at Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit in Atlanta, which supports holistic community revitalization efforts across the country. Before working at HUD, she worked for the City of Philadelphia primarily on zoning code updates and strategic redevelopment initiatives and for the Center for Planning Excellence, a non-profit working on hurricane recovery and comprehensive planning efforts in South Louisiana.
She received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in 2011 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University in 2006.  She has also received professional certifications from the National Development Council in both Housing Development Finance and Economic Development Finance. 

Caren Kay

Using Bedrock & Targeted Tools to Facilitate Housing Development
Thursday May 23 1:15 - 2:15 PM

Associate Project Manager
SB Friedman Development Advisors

Jennifer Litwak

Local and State Financing Programs
Thursday May 23 2:15 - 3:45 PM

Housing Project Marketplace
Thursday May 23 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Executive Director
Housing on Merit

Jennifer Litwak serves as the Executive Director of Housing on Merit. At the helm of Housing on Merit, Ms. Litwak has successfully managed the closing of over $283 million in multifamily acquisitions and overseen the development, preservation and renovation of over 2,200 units of affordable housing in California and Washington, D.C. Nationally, Ms. Litwak is an active member of the American Bar Association and is currently serving a two-year appointment as a Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Fellow.
She is a Board of Trustee of the National Housing Conference and serves on their Research Committee which advises the Center for Housing Policy. In addition, Ms. Litwak serves on Commerical Real Estate Women (CREW) Network’s Industry Research Committee, which provides the industry reliable statistics addressing the advancement of women in commercial real estate. Locally, she serves on CREW San Diego’s Board of Directors as the Director of Education + Program.
In 2017, Ms. Litwak was profiled by the Daily Transcript’s Influential Women Report as one of the most influential women in San Diego County. In 2016, Ms. Litwak was chosen as one of the Top 100 Business Professionals in San Diego and in 2015 she was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40 in the commercial real estate industry.
Ms. Litwak has a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University where she graduated magna cum laude. She also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is a graduate of the prestigious Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) program of the Council of Development Finance Agencies. Ms. Litwak is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Litwak is an active member of California Women Lawyers, Commercial Real Estate Women, Lawyers Club of San Diego, Urban Land Institute, and the Junior League of San Diego.

Cailtin Renner

Federal Programs for Housing Finance
Thursday May 23 12:15 - 1:15 PM

Assistant Director
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mitchell Rosenstein

Investing in Housing with Tax Credits
Wednesday May 22 2:15 - 5:00 PM

Green Mills Group

Mitch Rosenstein is a principal and co-founder of Green Mills Group, a full-service real estate development firm focused on affordable housing and community development. Since the company’s founding in 2011, Green Mills has Florida’s highest competitive housing tax credit application award rate. Under Mitch’s leadership, the company has completed or is currently developing a total of 532 residences over six developments, with total costs exceeding $115 million. Every completed Green Mills property was built on time and on budget, and every property received stringent energy efficiency certifications.
Mitch has an extensive background in financial analysis, development finance procurement and negotiation, asset management and accounting oversight. Prior to founding Green Mills, Mitch managed the corporate and development finance activities for one of the country’s largest affordable housing developers where he was responsible for the negotiation and closing of more than 40 transactions with value exceeding $1 billion. Mitch successfully closed financing using low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), taxable and tax-exempt bonds, historic tax credits (HTC), tax increment financing (TIF), corporate lines of credit, conventional debt, and equity.
Mitch was appointed to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors for Neighborhood Lending Partners, a consortium bank focused on commercial development and workforce housing finance. He was also appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committees for both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale. Mitch is actively involved with various nonprofits, including but not limited to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Ghostlight Society of Broward Center, and New Leaders Council. Each year he teaches an affordable housing finance crash course to University of Miami MBA and MSRE students.
Mitch graduated with high honors from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and a Minors degree in Economics. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife, son, and Old English Sheepdog.

Sean Spear

Local and State Financing Programs
Thursday May 23 2:15 - 3:45 PM

Assistant General Manager
Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department

Sean consults on the acquisition, development, financing and execution of affordable housing development transactions, and originates new debt and equity executions; all on behalf of Hunt Mortgage Group’s clients. He offers clients his significant experience in financing and developing projects, as well as provides leadership on governmental program-related issues. Sean worked with John McAlister at 1410 Partners prior to its acquisition by HMG.

Sean’s distinguished public service career includes more than ten years as a top local and state government leader, serving successively in community development roles in the cities of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in Sacramento for the State of California. Most notably, Sean served as the Executive Director to the California Debt Allocation Committee (CDLAC) from 2009-2015, administering the $3.8 Billion private activity bond program for California. Sean also brings private sector experience from his time with Fannie Mae; then providing housing development and public financing resources across the Western United States. Along the way, he developed both new project financing structures (especially for affordable housing preservation), as well as designed and implemented billion dollar governmental programs with the goal of improving the California economy.

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